Alaska wants to profit by leaving timber uncut and pumping carbon underground

By Nathaniel Herz
The Alaska Beacon
January 12, 2023
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Mike Dunleavy

For decades, Alaska’s economy has depended on the extraction and harvest of natural resources — industries like pumping oil out of the ground, and cutting timber. Now, Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants the state to make money by leaving trees standing, and by pumping carbon emissions back into the ground. …Dunleavy has long rejected the scientific consensus that those emissions are causing climate change, and in his first interview detailing his carbon plans, he made clear that his views haven’t changed. …Dunleavy said he will make carbon-related legislation a major priority during the upcoming legislative session. …There are two types of projects that the governor aims to encourage through his pending legislation. One is known as carbon sequestration and storage. …Carbon credits projects, meanwhile, compensate landowners for using natural sources — usually trees — to pull carbon out of the atmosphere and store it.

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